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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Borough offices closed

The Lehighton Borough Offices will be closed on Friday, April 22 in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

The office will reopen on Monday, April 25 at 8:30 a.m.

The Lehighton Borough Administrative and Utility Offices will be closed from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, April 27.

Residents are encouraged to use the drop box for bill payments during this time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Middle school news

The Tamaqua Area Middle School will host its annual Spring Art Show and Choral Concert on May 5.

The annual art show will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. and will feature a variety of artistic creations done by students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. In addition to individual works, there will also be several group projects featured.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In an effort to make it easier and more convenient for people in the Tamaqua area to lose weight, Weight Watchers of Philadelphia Inc. has announced it is opening a new meeting location in the Scheller Student Center on the Morgan Center campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College. The initial session is scheduled for April 26 at 11:30 a.m. Express Meeetings will then be held every Tuesday, from noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The office of Alice Kane, Summit Hill tax collector, will be closed Friday, April 22, to observe Good Friday.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Palmerton Area School Board will not hold a budget workshop this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Last week, the board tentatively agreed to hold the budget workshop at that time.

No word has been given as to when the board will hold its next budget workshop.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Tamaqua Street Department will continue its Spring cleaning of the borough's streets. Sweeping on Thursdays and Fridays will continue to have a start time of 5 a.m.in an effort to minimize traffic disruptions on the borough's mani streets, with all other days' operations scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.

This week's schedule will include: Wednesday, the sweeper will be found on Mountain Ave., Greenwood to Clark; Swatara, Van Gelder to Mahanoy; South Nescopec, Van Gelder to Mahanoy; Cottage Ave., Center to RT209; Nescopec, Franklin to West Elm.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Board of health

The Tamaqua Board of Health held its April meeting with Randolph Gormley, Earl Boettger, James Gormley, Shirley Becker and Health Enforcement Officer James Barron in attendance.

Barron reported making seven spot check inspections during March: Tamaqua Area High School, Tamaqua Area Middle School, Tamaqua Area Elementary School, Broad Street Deli, Subway Inc., Fegley's Mini Mart and the Tamaqua Community Center. He also received and adjusted seven complaints: five for scattered rubbish/garbage; one for lack of hot water; and one infestation.

Egg hunts

Friday, April 15, 2011

Eldred Township Historical Society

The next meeting of the Eldred Township Historical Society will be Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the township municipal building. The guest speaker will be Don Hoffner who will talk about and demonstrate the art of flintknapping. Knapping is the shaping of flint, chert, obsidian or stone to make stone tools, strikers for flintlock firearms and arrowheads. This presentation is open to the public.

Mrs. Bush's needs volunteers

Friday, April 15, 2011

Summit Hill

Presbyterian church

The Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill, has announced its service schedule for the Easter observance as follows:

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 17 - worship will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 21 - Communion service will be held at 7 p.m.

Good Friday, April 22 - the community service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Easter Sunday April 24 - sunrise service will be held at 6:45 a.m. in Memorial Park, followed by the traditional Easter worship service at 10:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Church

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Summit Hill

Blood drive

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will sponsor a bloodmobile for the Miller-Keystone Blood Center on Wednesday, April 20, from 2-7 p.m. in the church hall. A goal of 35 pints has been established.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center is the only blood supplier to our local hospitals (Blue Mountain Health System, Lehighton and Palmerton, and St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network (Miner's Memorial, Coaldale).